25 Jun '11, 2am

Only 12% of maids in S'pore get a weekly day off: Survey

Only 12% of maids in S'pore get a weekly day off: Survey

On average, maids here work for around 14 hours a day, though most - nearly 60 per cent - are able to get one to two hours of rest during the workday. More than half the maids start work at 6am and end work between 8pm and 9pm, according to their employers. A quarter end work at 10pm. About 90 per cent of employers listed 'performing household chores' as the most common task. Slightly over 40 per cent of maids look after school-age children, and 25 per cent care for the elderly. Among those who do give maids a day off, the most common reasons cited were 'our maid deserves a day off' or that she 'has a right to a day off'. Half the employers surveyed said they would consider giving their maids a day off if the security bond was lifted. Employers stand to lose at least $2,500 if a maid absconds and cannot be repatriated. About 16 per cent said they would definitely grant day...

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